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==Overview of Midd Process==
 
===Information architecture/design===
 
*Homegrown IA
 
*Outsourced design
 
  
===Platform===
 
* Considering Drupal
 
 
===Requirements===
 
* Surveying the community to determine what the community needs from website
 
* Determine issues with the existing website
 
* Parallel effort on both campuses
 
 
==MIIS relationship to Midd Process==
 
===Possibilities===
 
* Common design, MIIS I/A, common platform, hosted @ Middlebury
 
**no staff to support open-source application such as Drupal @ MIIS, Middlebury or someone else would be hosting & providing support
 
* Common design, MIIS I/A, common platform, hosted elsewhere
 
* Common design, MIIS I/A, different platform, hosted elsewhere
 
 
===Design factors===
 
* Timing - if Midd isn't ready to launch by late summer, MIIS needs to move forward.
 
**Target date: next recruiting season
 
* Cost - an issue. Funds are budgeted (built into academic excellence plan)
 
* Learning curve - will there be a learning curve for those who have to enter site content?
 
 
==Plan B==
 
* Retain current design, platform, hosting relationship
 
* Move content from individual school sites into "portal" site, streamline navigation
 
* Not a very elegant solution
 
 
==Tasks==
 
===Develop requirements document===
 
* [[Survey]]
 
**Current students
 
**Students who have not yet arrived
 
* Focus groups
 
**Groups for each of our identified audiences
 
**One wild card group w/mixed audiences
 
* Interviews with key stakeholders
 
 
===Identify audiences===
 
* Prospective students (esp. international students & their parents)
 
* Current students (expected to increase with implementation of Banner)
 
* Staff/faculty
 
* Donors
 
* Alumni
 
* Researchers
 
* Press
 
 
===Consider Moodle vs. main website===
 
* How will each site be used?
 
* What content will be contained where?
 
 
===Aggregate multimedia items===
 
* Provide a space to list all podcasts, videos, etc.
 
* Serve as a portal for content on Facebook, iTunes U, Yelp, Flickr, etc.
 
* Support RSS feeds that users can include in 3rd party apps
 
* Support delivery to mobile devices
 
 
===Create consistent navigation===
 
* Breadcrumbs?
 
 
===Implement robust calendar system===
 
* UCBerkeley has a great example
 
* Allow students to subscribe to event feeds relative to them
 
 
===Support current students===
 
* Login protected current students section
 
* Job listings
 
* Class schedules
 
 
===Translate key pages===
 
* Offer main page + main admissions page in several languages
 
* Korean, Japanese, German, Russian, etc.
 
* Will be welcoming to international students
 
* Will help show up in more Google search results in various languages
 

Revision as of 12:49, 16 December 2008